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 Bayard Conner Wickersham

Bayard Conner Wickersham

Columbiana County, Ohio, USA
Death 3 Sep 1928 (aged 88)
Roxbury, McPherson County, Kansas, USA
Burial Seward, Seward County, Nebraska, USA
Memorial ID 10196317 · View Source
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Civil War Veteran Laid to Rest Yesterday.

Bayard Wickersham, civil war veteran and highly respected resident of Seward county for the past thirty-eight years, died at the home of his daughter, Mrs. A. N. Robinson, at Roxbury, Kansas, Sunday after a brief illness. Mr. Wickersham had been making his home with his daughter, Mrs. L. F. Booth of Tamora, but left recently for a visit at the home of his daughter in Kansas. He had attained the age of 89 years (sic), 11 months and 13 days.

The remains were brought back to Seward for burial and funeral services were held at the home of his son, Walter Wickersham, just north of town, at 2 o'clock yesterday afternoon, and the remains were laid to rest in Seward cemetery....

Bayard Conner Wickersham was born September 21, 1839, in Columbiana county, Ohio, and passed away September 3, 1928, at the home of his daughter....aged 88 years, 11 months and 13 days.

He was united in marriage to Elizabeth Jane Orr, June 16, 1861. In 1864 he voluntarily enlisted in the union army, serving until the close of the war in 1865.

He moved with his family to Kansas were they experienced many of the trials common to the early pioneers, and in 1890 he came to Seward county where he resided until the time of his death, his wife having preceded him in 1922.

Left to mourn his loss are three daughters, Mrs. A. N. Robinson, Roxbury, Kansas; Mrs. L. F. Booth, Tamora; Mrs. Clarence Knox, Beatrice; two sons, Allen and Walter of Seward; nine grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren; one sister, several comrades of the G.A.R., of which he was a loyal member, and many friends.

Seward Independent, Seward, Nebraska, 9-6-1928

Bayard Wickersham loved to walk. His feet carried him through much of history for during the Civil War he enlisted in Company I, 178 Infantry of Ohio. As an older man he continued his love of walking as well as his love of wooded areas. He loved nature and the great outdoors and spent much of his time down in the timber.

He was a brave and compassionate soldier. During a lull in a battle when both sides had laid down their arms and were resting, Bayard heard a boy sobbing bitterly. He went to inquire as to his trouble. The very young boy looked up to the stars and said, "I see the stars, my mother sees the stars, but I don't see my mother and my mother doesn't see me."

Bayard was loved and respected by all who knew him. His long white beard was his pride and he kept it cleaned and combed at all times. His grandchildren admired him greatly and came to him for stories and consolation. He was of the highest character and leaned toward moderation in all his thoughts and activities.

A desk made by his father, Eli, before they left Ohio for Kansas is now owned by Evan Bayard Wickersham of Seward Nebr., a great-great grandson of Bayard. It has been refinished. It is stated that El;i had cut down the tree and made the desk. It was brought by covered wagon.

Florence L. Wickersham

Davis, Sheldon, Escalante, "The Wickersham Family in America," Heritage Books, Inc. 2001

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  • Find A Grave Memorial 10196317
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Bayard Conner Wickersham (21 Sep 1839–3 Sep 1928), Find A Grave Memorial no. 10196317, citing Seward Cemetery, Seward, Seward County, Nebraska, USA ; Maintained by Barbara Chipres (contributor 46592345) .